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Quick Info
Currently Recruiting
Estimated Enrollment
Treatment Type
Genetic counseling and testing
Trial Type
Family-based, observational
Primary Investigator
Matthew Harms, MD
Contact Information
Columbia University, New York, 10032
Trial Goal
Identify new fALS genes linked to the disease
Tests to Expect
Electromyography (EMG)
Cognitive Tests
Update Notes
Trial added

Other Information

This program provides family members of individuals with familial ALS the opportunity to contribute to research focused on learning more about why motor neuron degeneration begins and how or why it progresses. This study provides genetic counseling and testing to help participants understand and manage their risk and determine if they want to learn their genetic status. This study will follow unaffected ALS gene mutation carriers on an annual basis to gather essential information that will ultimately help researchers develop novel therapies for the prevention and treatment of ALS.
18 Years to 105 Years, all genders
Approximately 10% of people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's Disease, have a family history of ALS or a related condition called frontotemporal dementia (FTD). In most of these familial cases, and a significant number of "sporadic" patients with no family history, a mutation is present in one of a growing number of genes that have been associated with ALS and/or FTD. The ALS Families Project will study unaffected carriers of ALS/FTD-associated gene mutations to investigate the first steps in the disease process that leads to motor neuron degeneration, with the goal of identifying early disease targets and points of intervention to slow or stop disease onset and progression. Unaffected individuals who have either a family member with a known ALS/FTD-associated gene mutation or have a strong family history of ALS and FTD are invited to participate in the ALS Families Project. For those who enroll, research visits will occur every 6-12 months.
News Articles and Summaries
ALS Forum
Trial Protocol as Published on Clinicaltrials.gov
NCT03865420 (First Published: 3/6/2019)